Online Music Production Degree

Online Bachelor of Fine Arts

Produce the Soundtrack of Your Life

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Music connects us all. The art of creating, sharing, and performing it is a powerful tool to transform and reflect our human experience. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is here to turn your passion for music into an inspiring and sustainable career, where you’re not just learning techniques to create music, you’re also learning why that music matters and becomes meaningful to listeners.

Online Music Production Program Overview

The Online Music Production BFA Program is designed to help you build a strong, relevant portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of musical knowledge, technical skills and business principles. A portfolio that allows you to leverage your creativity and skill set towards the exciting future you envision!

At RMCAD, we cultivate artists, not industry technicians. Cultural awareness and critical thinking is integral to the program. Our goal is to open ears to a much broader diversity of styles, global music, and underground experimentation. We foster students who don’t just use their tools, but actively grow and develop them.

Music producers working with giant soundboards
A young black music producer mixing levels of audio on a large soundboard and listening to the track through his headphones. He is surrounded by elements of music production software and designs, alongside a microphone.

Online Music Production Program Highlights

Music Theory + Composition

Students compose, produce, and arrange original music in various styles using both electronic and acoustic sound materials.

Digital Production Technologies

Students record, edit, and post-produce digital audio for distribution according to established industry formats and standards.

Sound Cultures

Students evaluate and critique the cultural, aesthetic, and technological significance of sound apparent in popular forms of music and audible media.

Music History

Students make and defend musical decisions based on the identification, evaluation, and critique of relevant examples of existing music.

Music Business + Ethics

Students schedule, budget for, and execute on the production, distribution, and promotion of new musical work following a strategy for financial remuneration, career growth, or societal benefit.

Emerging Practices

Students communicate, in writing and speech, informed perspectives on different styles of music and craft socially conscious arguments regarding aesthetic trends and emerging production techniques.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Credits pie chart for the online Music Production Bachelor of Fine Arts course. 57 credits in music production, 42 credits in liberal arts, and 24 credits in music foundations for a total of 123 credits.

Online Music Production Degree Requirements

RMCAD’s Online Music Production BFA Program incorporates the diverse technical, cultural and creative elements of today’s music industry, and weaves them together to provide students with the skill sets they need to reshape tomorrow’s music and multimedia production industries. The curriculum teaches students about music theory, composition, audio engineering, aural humanities, and music business.

Tech + Tools

RMCAD’s Music Production BFA Program features a STEAM-oriented (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) approach that is future-focused and empowers students with the knowledge, technical skills and cultural perspectives necessary to pursue long-lasting careers across the spectrum of the music and multimedia industries. The curriculum also prioritizes the development of musical creativity, while simultaneously focusing on teaching the practical business skills, ethics and emerging technologies required to navigate a constantly evolving industry. To help students grow even further, RMCAD’s Rocky Mountain Sound Lab is available and serves as a studio for students to get hands-on experiences with today’s music production technology and equipment.

Required Equipment

Students in RMCAD’s Online Music Production BFA Program will be charged a one-time mandatory equipment fee of $2,400.00 in their first academic year. Below is the provided equipment that you’ll keep after graduation.

Music studio equipment includes:

  • Over-ear, closed-back studio headphones
    • Audio Technica MH50x
  • Dynamic Microphone
    • Shure SM 57
  • Medium/Large Diaphragm Condensor Microphone
    • Audio Technica 4040
  • High quality, 2-channel USB digital audio interface
    • Solid State Logic 2+
  • MIDI keyboard controller
    • Komplete Kontrol A49
  • 10-foot XLR microphone cable
  • Microphone stand

Music software includes:

  • Ableton Live Suite
  • Avid ProTools
  • Logic Pro (Mac only)
  • Reaper
  • Dorico (notation software)
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Music Production Careers

Graduates of RMCAD’s Online Music Production Program have the opportunity to pursue some of the following exciting careers:

Potential Career Paths

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Music Production Faculty

Few things inspire humanity more than music. RMCAD’s Music Production instructors are deeply committed musical professionals, dedicated to sharing their passion and industry expertise to help you achieve your dreams and find your unique voice as an artist.

Music Production Events

Join us as we explore new horizons, new technologies and exciting new trends in the music industry.

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